Jason Anderson

Prof. Jason Anderson, Ph.D.

Pronouns: he, him



Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Adjunct Professor

Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 210-8661


Office: HRIC3AC66

Please contact via email.


Educational Background

B.S. Geological Sciences, The University of Michigan, 1996

Doctor of Philosophy Biological Sciences (Vertebrate Paleontology), McGill University, 2001


Dr. Anderson obtained his BS in Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in vertebrate paleontology in 2001 from McGill University, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto at Mississauga before joining the founding faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California in July, 2003. In November of 2005 he joined the University of Calgary as part of the founding of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He also holds an Adjunct position in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science.


Areas of Research

Origin of Higher Taxa

The lab has done a lot of work on the origin of modern amphibians (frogs, salamanders, and caecilians) both through better characterizing the anatomy of the living animals as well as more fully documenting that of various potential fossil outgroups. We have active research on the fin-to-limb transition, focusing on the fossils from the early Carboniferous of Nova Scotia and Devonian of the front range of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Alberta.

CT Imaging of Endocranial Anatomy

Utilizing CT and other imaging modalities we are focused on illuminating the hidden internal anatomy of the braincase, a critically understudied subject in fossils because previously this would require destructive techniques. The braincase also preserves phylogenetic information that is relatively isolated from natural selection's effects on the surrounding superficial skull bones.

Exploration of Life History of Fossil Organisms

We have used various techniques, including scanning electron microscopy, histology, and isotopic geochemistry, to explore life history events of fossil organisms preserved in their hard tissues. Leveraging our expertise in 3D modeling we have also recreated potential range of motion for various fossil animals.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
VETM 320 Veterinary Anatomy
VETM 300 Clinical Presentations I
VETM 464 Career Options and Field Experiences in Veterinary Medicine


  • UCVM Award for Research Excellence, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary. 2017
  • University of Calgary Teaching Award for Curriculum Development, University of Calgary (to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine). 2014
  • Professeur Invité, Le Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. 2007
  • Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, Western University of Health Sciences. 2005